VCE Media Units 3&4 are an opportunity for students to refine their media production skills and develop a greater understanding of the mass media. In Unit 3, students study Narrative, develop the plan for their media production and experiment with media production technology. In Unit 4, students explore how media texts reflect the views and values of society and touch on issues surrounding media influence.
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VCE Media Units 3&4 has several learning outcomes. For each of these learning outcomes, you are expected to complete all classroom activities and school assessed coursework to a satisfactory standard.
Narrative and ideology. In VCE Media, the study of narrative and ideology involves an examination of how narratives are organised, structured and engage audiences. In addition, you will study the way that society and ideologies within that society shape the content of texts. Schools may take a number of different approaches to this outcome – you may be studying film, television or photographs. What’s most important is that you can describe the way these narratives are structured, read by audiences and the way ideologies have shaped the texts.
Media production development. In Unit 3 Media, students will complete a research portfolio that explores aspects of their selected media form. They will also develop skills required to make a short film. When preparing to make their major project for the year, students will complete production exercises exploring the equipment and processes they will need to make their film.
Media production design. In Unit 3 Media, students will create a plan a media product. This will include a range of planning documents including a treatment, screenplay, shotlists, storyboards and call sheets.
Media production. After they have completed their production design plan, students will embark on the production of their media product. Principal photography for this project typically occurs during the mid-year holidays. A finished version of the film is submitted early in Unit 4 for feedback. Students have a further two weeks to make refinements and changes to their project before it is submitted for assessment. It is expected that most of the work for this task will be completed outside of class.
Agency and control. During their study of Agency and Control, students will consider the increasingly complex relationship between media and audiences. Contemporary media increasingly challenges the way we have traditionally thought about notions of influence. In this outcome, you will consider how audiences create, consume and might be influenced by the media. You will discuss issues such as user generated content, laws, policies and regulation.